Since January 2005, Music From Other Minds has presented new and unusual music by innovative composers and performers from around the world. Produced weekly for KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, and aired at 8pm every Sunday, Music From Other Minds aims to open up radio listeners to experimental classical work by living and recent composers. We bring you the latest in contemporary music from around the world, and some glimpses into the past, to give a context for today’s music.
Program 665: Saying It With Jazz
Examples of artists using the spoken word, chanting, and samples of recorded voice to make their points. Some of what they’re trying to communicate is personal. Some of it is overtly political. Either way, it illustrates the intention of the music they make. With examples from Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Jamie Branch and Chicago-based musician and artist Damon Locks. We’ll hear a classic work from 1973 by Sun Ra, and a couple from 2021 by the Sons of Kemet. And we’ll hear improvisations by elder statesman Wadada Leo Smith and the young UK-based drummer Sarathy Korwar.
Program 664: The Kitchen Sink
On the next Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays an elective mix of compositions by Hildegard Westerkamp, Philip Corner, Hal Clark, WHITE PEOPLE KILLED THEM (Raven Chacon, John Dieterich, and Marshall Trammell), and more.
Program 663: New Folk Traditions
On this Music from Other Minds, New Folk Traditions: imaginative modern takes on traditional music, including works by Luciano Berio, Kareem Roustom, Piero Umiliani, Anne-Lise Berntsen, and Gáman. Listen to this program for Randall Wong’s selections of compositions that blend the boundaries between the contemporary and the old fashioned.
Program 662: Hammers & Mallets
In this program, we looked through our music library for percussion and piano compositions by some of the classic composers from the American experimental tradition. We also found some complimentary work from composers from Korea, Japan and France. Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, Steve Reich and Henry Cowell will be featured. We’ll also hear some Balinese Gamelan from Gamelan Semar Pegulingan, and a work composed for Korean instruments by Hyo-Shin Na. We’ll also hear work from Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toru Takemitsu, Luc Ferrari, and Philippe Manoury.
Program 661: Low Tones
On Music from Other Minds’ first-ever Sunday evening show, Liam Herb plays music written for the low end of the sonic spectrum. The program includes works by Alan Hovhaness, Henry Birdsey, Microtub, Sofia Gubaidulina, Anthony Braxton, and more.
Program 660: Composer Submissions 2021
In this program, Randall Wong plays a selection of submissions from composers, producers, and performers around the world. This is Other Minds’s second annual composer submissions program and features works by Moe Staiano, Barney Jones, Christopher Adler, Alan Cronin, J. Raoul Brody, Jasna Veličković, Alden Jenks, Melody Sumner Carnahan, Todd Merrell, John Simon, Edward Shocker, and Joseph Bohigian.
Program 659: Globalization
In this program, we explore how the internet has changed new music being made around the world: music globalization. We’re not making any judgements, just discovering whether it’s possible to hear how musical forms from one place have influenced the music made in other places. We’ll hear a sampling of artists from around the world: Indonesia, Italy, the UK, Egypt, Lebanon, Argentina, India and China.
Program 658: Environmental and Political Music
On this edition of Music from Other Minds, previously unreleased works by Jim Nollman, a wind quintet tone poem by Hanna Lash and honoring the life and work of Frederic Rzewski and John Hassell, both of whom passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021.
Program 657: Two Takes on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
On this Music from Other Minds, Randall Wong plays two takes on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by David Del Tredici and Randy Greif.
Program 656: Eclectic Experimentation
A freeform set of experimental work that’s truly cross-genre. Could be sub-titled “new music for people with a short attention span.” If you don’t like a particular piece, stick around for the next one…it will likely be completely different. You’ll hear experimental music in multiple genres, including a few artists that will be participating in Other Minds Festival 25 – Mary Halvorson, Elliott Sharp and Amirtha Kidambi. The resulting set contains music that ranges from improv to jazz, exotica to electronica.